Impact Projects 2018-19

Impact Projects 2018-19

The Science and Engineering of Music

Prof. Francis C.M. LauPrincipal Investigator: Prof. Francis C.M. Lau  ( Department of Computer Science )
Telephone: 2859-2170

Project Objectives:

  • To foster among the participating students and the public interest in STEAM and integration of technologies;
  • To enhance participants’ abilities to integrate and apply knowledge and skills in engineering in the creation of artifacts for humanistic expression;
  • To showcase their creativity and enhance communication skills through stage experience; and
  • To enhance students’ appreciation of the science and engineering of sound and music.

Project Description:

Through organizing a “Musical Instrument Design Competition” for primary and secondary school students, the project aims at (1) sparking student’s and public interest in STEAM (A for Arts) and integration of technologies; (2) strengthening participants’ abilities to integrate and apply knowledge and skills in engineering; and (3) nurturing their creativity, problem solving and communication skills and enhancing their appreciation of science and mathematics of sound and music.

Target Deliverables in 2018/19:

  • Organization of the “Musical Instrument Design Competition”.
  • An online platform for exchanging and sharing the knowledge of STEAM education.
  • Links of the online platform from HKU Engineering Knowledge Exchange Portal.
  • Links of the online platform from ATEC.
  • A Facebook page and group for communication with participants and general public.
  • Teaching and learning materials on sound and music.
  • Teaching and learning materials on computer programming.
  • Teaching and learning materials on circuit design and engineering.
  • Teaching and learning materials on 3D printing.
  • Teaching and learning materials on laser cutting.
  • Teaching and learning materials on creating a musical instrument by building electronic circuits.
  • Circuit schematics, component list, and program code, of a DIY musical instrument.
  • Learning resources and hints on STEAM activities related to the project.
  • Organization of a Live Music Show of “Musical Instrument Design Competition”
  • Media coverage of the competition and the Knowledge Exchange outcome.

Teach the Mainland Teachers on Innovative technology and pedagogy for e-learning and STEM education

Dr. Wilton FokPrincipal Investigator: Dr. Wilton Fok  ( Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering )
Telephone: 2857-8490

Project Objectives:

  • To disseminate the knowledge on e-learning best practice, STEM education pedagogy to schools in mainland, e.g. in Shenzhen, Hangzhou and to uplift their education environment and inspire the mainland teachers on e-learning and STEM education
  • To promote social inclusion for de to access good quality e-learning course materials and break the digital divide
  • To develop a community-based e-learning and STEM educational platform in mainland by sharing the best practice in schools in HK supported by technologies developed in HKU.

Project Description:

The e-Learning Development Laboratory of the Department of Electrical and Electronic had developed many e-learning teaching materials for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education in HK for many years since 2012.

We successfully completed the development of the e-textbook on mathematics and computer through the $9M project commissioned by the Education Bureau in 2014-16. We also developed teaching materials and a self-direct learning pedagogy for STEM education through a $6.7M project commissioned by EDB in 2017-19.

We have a very good track record in helping schools to develop e-learning and STEM education in HK. Over 300+ schools in HK had been served by our lab or using our technology in their teaching and learning. There are a few in China but we want to extend the coverage of our knowledge exchange through serving schools in mainland, especially those in PRD Big bay area and Sichuan.

We will organize teacher training not only in Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Chengdu.

Around 60 teachers will be invited to attend teacher training workshops organized in HKU, ZIRI or SIRI. Our e-learning course materials will be shared with these schools. We aim at contributing our expertise in e-learning technology and pedagogy to the development of digital education in China.

Mainland teachers participating in this project can continue to use our STEM course materials and e-learning pedagogy after the project period to create continuous and sustainable impacts.

Target Deliverables in 2018/19:

  • 30 mainland school joining the program
  • 80 mainland teachers participate in the workshop/ training
  • Over 3000 mainland students taught by the teachers participate in this project could be indirectly benefited.

Technology transfer to the Photovoltaic industry amid the new feed-in-tariff

Dr. K.H. LamPrincipal Investigator: Dr. K.H. Lam  ( Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering )
Telephone: 2857-8401

Project Objectives:

  • To disseminate the knowledge on photovoltaic (PV) systems through workshops and site visits;
  • To promote and enhance the awareness of the industry regarding the safety of PV system installations and operation;
  • To develop a set of educational tool kits that can serve the community.

Project Description:

This project aims to promote the best practice in design and installation of photovoltaic (PV) systems in Hong Kong by transferring the knowledge from the University.

Target Deliverables in 2018/19:

  • A total of 160 engineers form the industry who attend a series of workshop and site visit:
    • December 2018 (Christmas break)
    • April 2019 (Easter break)
  • Printed copies of course materials
  • A project web-site hosting various resources + multi-media contents, also serve as a community network platform to exchange ideas and information
  • A video on Youtube and the project web-site to promote the project